Beth Mead believes it’s time to tear down misconceptions about disability
Christmas came early for the Risborough Rangers pan-disability Junior Club when Mead surprised them with the new accessible HONOR 9x smartphone.
The phone includes a groundbreaking PocketVision app making it easier for partially sighted people to read text more clearly.
The England winger said: “Football helped build my confidence as a young girl.
“I’m actually working with some individuals at the moment to learn more about myself as a player.
“I’ve dug a bit deeper into how I am as a person off the pitch and how I am on it.
“I don’t actually realise that maybe I’m different when I’m playing until someone has actually picked up on it.
“When I’m on the grass I’m confident I show who I am as a person whether it’s in a shot that I take or a skill I do.
Visually impaired YouTuber and team coach Ricky West gave Mead and the team a smartphone masterclass
“It’s so important that sport is open to everyone and HONOR is helping these young disabled people build their own self-belief and leadership skills.”
Mead, from Whitby, North Yorkshire, is currently recovering from a badly bruised leg after a crunching tackle in the Gunners’ 3-1 win at Everton.
The table toppers have scored a whopping 73 goals in just 19 games across all competitions so far this season and it has been a landmark year for Mead.
She was part of the record breaking North London Derby in Novemeber which saw 31,213 fans at the new Tottenham Stadium – the highest ever WSL crowd.
And will cherish the memory of playing in front of over 77,000 fans at Wembley in the Lionesses’ disappointing 2-1 defeat to Germany in the same month.
The new PocketVision app helps partially sighted people to read.
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